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Educational Networking: A Novel Discipline for Improved K-12 Learning Based on Social Networks

  • Sarah GalvinEmail author
  • Christine Greenhow
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Social Networks book series (LNSN)

Abstract

Based on a systematic review of over a decade (2004–2019) of educational research on K-12 teaching and teacher learning with social media, this chapter reports on the state-of-the-art of social networking in education. Through analyzing 56 research articles, we address the following questions: (1) What social networking platforms are used by K-12 educators? (2) What specific features of those platforms are used by teachers and/or their students? (3) For what educational purposes do teachers adopt social networking? (4) What does learning look like in these spaces? This work contributes insights towards defining how educational networking benefits teachers both in the classroom and as a part of their professional development and challenges our perceptions of the role of educational networking in teachers’ informal learning. Few platforms are covered in depth in the literature (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, Edmodo) with inconsistent exploration of specific features (e.g., liking, retweeting). We describe trends in depictions of teacher and student learning, noting the high reliance on self-reported changes in practice, motivation, and attitude. Further research is needed to explore the application of specific social networking features in educational contexts and to expand our understanding of meaningful learning and participation in educational networking spaces.

Keywords

Educational networking Facebook K-12 education Social media Social networking Twitter 

Abbreviations

#

Hashtag symbol

@

Mention symbol

EFL

English as a Foreign Language

ERIC

Education Resources Information Center

GPA

Grade point average

GRA

Global Read Aloud

ICT

Information and communication technologies

PD

Professional development

PLN

Professional learning network

PRISMA

Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

RT

Retweet

SN

Social networking

SNS

Social networking sites

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  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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